Mary Creagh

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Mary Creagh

Mary Creagh has been the Labour Party MP for Wakefield since 2005, retaining her seat with 40 per cent of the vote and a majority of 2,613 in the 2015 election. [1]

Creagh is the current shadow secretary of state for international development having been appointed in 2014. [2]

She is a former shadow secretary of state for transport (2013-14) and shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs from 2010 to 2013.[2]

Creagh joined the Environmental Audit Committee in November 2015. [3]

Stance on fracking

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‬‬Creagh's constituency includes two shale licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. One was awarded to IGas and one to Hutton Energy. There are plans for three shale wells to conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveying, but no applications are currently underway. [4]

Voting record

Creagh has a mixed voting record on fracking. [5]

  • 26 January 2015: voted in favour of making fracking companies apply for an environmental permit before conducting exploratory drilling. She was absent for a vote on an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to include an 18 month moratorium on fracking.
  • 11 February 2015: voted against requiring more pre-conditions for where fracking can take place.
  • 16 December 2015: voted against weakening regulations on fracking in protected areas and national parks.


Labour leadership contest 2015

Following the departure of Ed Miliband in May 2015, Creagh announced that she would contest the Labour leadership with a pledge to 'earn back the trust' of middle England. [7]


  1. Mary Creagh Express, accessed 20 May 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mary Creagh MP, accessed 20 May 2015
  3. Dods people, 'Arrivals, moves and departures', Civil Service World, accessed 3 November 2015
  4. Oil and gas: licensing rounds,, accessed 14 November 2016.
  5. TheyWorkForYou | Mary Creagh, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 3 January 2017.
  6. Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 19 April 2016
  7. Mary Creagh joins Labour race with pledge to win back middle England The Guardian, 14 May 2015, accessed 20 May 2015